4 Things I Heart...with Nicola Ashe

Nicola Ashe has been backing Durbs since day dot. She is passionate about Durban's creatives, entrepreneurs and happenings and her blog, Ask Ashe is the place to go to keep you in the know. Give her any excuse to sit on the lawns of Moses Mabhida Stadium whilst people watching, sipping on gin and perusing the creative forces behind the I heart Market traders and she's in! Always keen to #SupportLocal, her love for her City is fierce and having her champion Durbs and I heart Market is a treat!

4 Things I Heart

curated by Nicola Ashe

1. Beetroot & Bear
“They say you eat with your eyes first and this most definitely attracted me to this stand at the market. But the taste keeps me coming back for more! Passionately made, insanely delicious, beautifully presented - everything is seasonal and fresh and there's nothing left on my plate each time.”

Beetroot & Bear is a local catering company run by the very talented Justine Huizenga, who is also an incredible food stylist and recipe developer. You can’t help but drool everytime she posts a new dish to Instagram, so if food is your thing, follow along here.

2. Rondavel
“Handmade with love in the KZN Midlands, there really is something special about this brand. I'm addicted to their soaps which are all made from sustainable African ingredients, hand poured, wrapped and packed - a true brand experience. Their dog shampoo bar is also pretty amazing.”

Chikondi & Kate are a Botanical family from Malawi, now based in the Midlands. They have been at the market for years, and we have loved watching them develop and innovate their products. You can catch Chikondi in the top tent - just look for the guy with the biggest, friendliest smile! Follow them on Instagram here.

3. Distillery 031
“Gin is in! And I love that I can pick up this locally made blend, topped up with tonic and park off under the trees and watch the world go by. Don't mind their vodka either ;)”

Locally crafted spirits with a Durban flavour is what you will find at Distillery 031! When Andrew and his team are not pouring delicious drinks and cocktails at festivals, markets and events you can find them at their home in the Station Drive Precinct. Check out their Distillery Tours - a really cool way to spend the day out in Durbs: Distillery Tours.

4. Woodnewz
“Cannot wait to have our kitchen renovation done so that I can stock up on some of these locally made stools from Woodnewz. They come in 3 different heights and are part of 'The Range', a contemporary range of furniture made from laminated plywood.”

As you can tell, Woodnewz is a big market favourite! Their bespoke furniture pieces are always a hit and you can be guaranteed of great quality. Follow them on Instagram here: Woodnewz

Come and support all these local creators, makers, designers and entrepreneurs every first Saturday of the month on the lawns of Moses Mabhida Stadium. We look forward to seeing you there!


4 Things I Heart... with Nadia van der Mescht

We asked one of our long-standing traders and friends, Nadia van der Mescht to share her 4 favourite must-haves from the market for the June edition of #4ThingsIHeart.

Nadia has been part of the I heart family since the beginning days of the market and we are so proud to have watched her grow and develop her brand over these last 8 years. Nadia specialises in business development for creative entrepreneurs and has played a big role in helping to shape and develop many of the creative small businesses that trade at the I Heart Market. If you would like to find out more about what she can offer you as a creative business owner, visit Nadia v d Mescht and drop her a line!

4 Things I Heart
curated by Nadia van der Mescht

1. Elle Kay Fabrics (Floor Cushion)
“Perfect for some cosy entertaining”

Elle Kay is a local textile design company that designs bold, colourful, statement homeware textiles with a contemporary aesthetic. What we also love about their product is that everything is printed on a natural base cloth which is locally sourced in the Midlands, KZN! Swoon-worthy everything right here: Elle Kay

2. Julie Smith-Belton
“All women have a hint of chaos within.”

Visual artist, graphic designer and photographer are only a few of the things that describe Julie’s eclectic range of talents. From beautiful prints to handmade dolls: come discover her art and be inspired by the various different styles and techniques she uses to make every one of her creations completely unique. Instagram: Julie Smith Belton

3. Sharon Erichson Ceramics
“Delicately beautiful, the ideal objet d'art.”

Sharon Erichsen is a ceramics master and has managed to create pure magic working with porcelain. She is inspired by texture, pattern, colour and…...wait for it…...succulents! We’re totally obsessed with her range of porcelain rings. Stop by her stall this coming I Heart to check them out.

4. Woodnewz Platter
“Crusty bread, olives, cheese... snacks piled high for a happy night in.”

What sets Woodnewz apart from other wooden board manufacturers is that they handcraft every item with precision and exceptional care. When you buy Woodnewz, you know you’re buying quality that’s going to last you for years to come. We also love their bespoke furniture pieces, which you can check out on their Instagram: Woodnewz

Come and support all these local creators, makers, designers and entrepreneurs every first Saturday of the month on the lawns of Moses Mabhida Stadium. We look forward to seeing you there!


4 Things I Heart... with Duffymoon

Welcome to 4 Things I Heart! We are always inspired by what you guys love seeing (and buying) at the market, so we decided to ask some of our favourite creatives to share their I Heart Market must-haves. Jordyn from Duffymoon visited our April market and put together a list of her current fave traders.

For those of you who don't know Jordyn - we've been a fan of her amazing baking skills for a long time and are always drooling over everything she shares on Instagram. The I Heart Market team love cooking, and we're always visiting Duffymoon to see what exciting new recipes she has dreamed up and posted on her website.

4 Things I Heart
curated by Duffymoon

1. Solder Interiors"So reasonably priced and such variety of the most amazing bits!"

You can find Solder on the lawns right opposite the DJ. They always have an incredible collection of mid-century classic furniture, contemporary collectibles and vintage bits and bobs. They also specialise in furniture restoration and customise metalwork. Follow them on Instagram here.

2. Out To Lunch 
"Debbie's vegan goodness is life!"

Out To Lunch is situated in the foodcourt area. Everything Debbie makes is plantbased and so epicly delicious. You probably wouldn't have known it was vegan food if we didn't point it out. From salads to smoothies to wraps and bite-size energy balls, there's always a (super colourful) spread of options to choose from. Follow Debbie on Instagram for her foodie adventures: Out To Lunch

3. Projectarian
"I didn’t know magic could be crocheted"

Jessie from Projectarian is a super talented toymaker and crochet pattern designer. Her menagerie of fanciful beasts are absolutely magical. She creates the most beautiful, enchanting, other-wordly creatures and you can buy them from her online shop or visit her stall at the market to view her latest work: Projectarian

4. Jannie's Record Emporium"Nothing like curling up with a pre-loved vinyl"

Jannie has the most insane record collection and has been collecting mid-century vinyl for literally, forever. If you want a record, Jannie probably has it. He has an amazing repertoire and knowledge of all different genres of music and is loved for sharing this knowledge for all those who want to listen. Come find Jannie under the tree next to the DJ.

Come and support all these local creators, makers, designers and entrepreneurs every first Saturday of the month on the lawns of Moses Mabhida Stadium. We look forward to seeing you there!